EVNW News October 4, 2014

Dear Neighbor:

Please be alert for any suspicious criminal activity and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report.  Better you call a false alarm than to not call what may very well be a crime in progress.  Know that you can contact police and request to remain anonymous.  You too can request that they call you back with a status report on the criminal activity you report.   If a victim of a crime, please remember to file a police report in person at the San Fernando Rd. Station.  The day is coming when we will be able to do so on-line from the comfort of our own home computer.  Know that No report=No Crime, which in turn equals no police resources to EV.  Thank you for doing your part.


Crime Stats Between 9/10/2014-10/03/2014

Date: 9/26/2014 12:50 PM
Location: 2400 RIVERSIDE DR
Description: THEFT – PETTY (plain theft-petty) ($950 & under)

Date: 9/19/2014 10:00 AM
Location: 2900 PARTRIDGE AV
Description: VEHICLE, STOLEN

Date: 9/17/2014 10:40 PM

Date: 9/17/2014 8:00 AM
Location: 2600 PIRTLE ST
Description: THEFT – PETTY (plain theft-petty) ($950 & under)

Date: 9/14/2014 9:30 PM
Location: 2700 NEWELL ST
Description: ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON (ADW) (likely to produce great bodily injury)

Date: 9/12/2014 5:00 PM
Location: 2300 ALTMAN ST
Description: VEHICLE, STOLEN

Beware of Scam Targeting College Students

College students responding to online job offers falls victim to scammers.  The scam works as follows:  An add is placed in social media sites seeking employment.  Victim responded to add on Care.com seeking student baby sitter. Student made contact with scammer who offered high salary to babysit his kids and then proceeded to con victim with story that he was in India, had been injured and would require a wheelchair when back in the states and asked victim to buy one for him promising to reimburse student and offering to send a $3000 check for student to deposit as guarantee.  The student then was asked to buy a money card and call scammer with pin number.  Victim having deposited the check via her ATM provided criminal the pin number of card purchased with money from her account in the amount of $500.  Days later, she received notice from bank that her account was overdrawn and that the check deposited was fake.  Students Beware and remember that if it sounds to good to be true it usually is.  Don’t hesitate to consult your parents and elders.  

Police Departments Don’t Reflect The Racial Diversity Of Their Cities

Vestal Police Chief John Butler said that when the agency makes new hires, it must select the three top-scoring applicants from a list provided by Broome County, which administers the civil service test.

“If there’s a qualified minority, or whatever the case may be, that’s great,” he said. “If they’re in the top three.”  Click the following link to read the full story.

Bimbo-Bakery Project Presented

100 Units at a height of 36′ plus possible roof deck with adaptive re-use of existing building
3-bedroom units with commercial front spaces alongside Blake Ave.
18 (3) story units across Blake Ave. on empty lot adjacent to the Garden (2 parking spaces per unit) plus 57 underground parking slots.  Unit sale prices are estimated in the high $400-500,000.00 range.

The above was presented at the NC Environment and Land Use committee meeting.  There was disagreement between developer and CD-13 Planning Rep. regarding zoning permitting residential development at this site. Developer insisted that City Planning has accepted its application.  CD13 clarified that acceptance did not equal approval.

Residents in attendance requested CD13 clarify questionable zoning for the benefit of all.  They too requested of CD13 and NC committee that Elysian Valley be protected during development.  Lastly, residents educated developer on the unique landscape of EV and requested that they take a genuine position to work with the community to bring community services and wants as part of development.

The meeting concluded with a promise by developers to comeback to the community with a complete project design layout in one whiteboard, for full appreciation. To bring with them a defined project track map (defining property lines).  The community promised to have in hand a list of wants and wishes to be presented to developer.

Elysian Valley Wants/Wishes/Needs List in Exchange for Permissible Development

  • Infrastructure Improvement (streets, sidewalks, sewer, tree maintenance, lights, internet, etc.)
  • A Recreation Center that serves our seniors and general community (including meeting space)
  • Transportation (i.e., DASH services)
  • Easy Fresh style mark, food service cafe/deli & retail
  • A public library
  • Employment opportunity/Priority to EV residents particularly those displaced by local business that have been purchased for development
  • Commitment to sponsor neighborhood groups (i.e., Youth Sports, Arts collective, Student Internships, Neighborhood Watch, Job Training, Parks, et al.)
  •  Affordable Financing and purchase preference to EV residents (including retail/commercial space rent/lease)-20% minimum
  • Traffic Control/Improvement

The above list is not exhaustive!  Please offer your suggestions ahead of final draft to be presented to our elected officials and all prospective developers.
*Elysian Valley deserves nothing less!*

Get  Ready to Attend the Dorris Pl Fall Festival

Water Wasters Beware!
Apps target water wasters assisting Residents report over-watering and leaks to local agencies to enforce restriction.  Be water wise and avoid a potential $500 fine.  Click the following for complete story.http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-water-waster-app-20141003-story.html

Walk to School Day throughout the City of Los Angeles…


The City of LA is coordinating Walk to School events all over the city on October 8. We are calling on organizers to lead events at individual schools, and we could use your help. This person can be a parent, nurse, school champion for physical activity or traffic safety, student leadership member, PTA representative, etc.

Wednesday, October 8
All day

You can find more information on our website at www.WalkToSchoolDay-LA.org.

Welcome to Daisy’s Kitchen


Guacamole Recipe

  • 2 – Ripe Avocados
  • 1 – tsp of Salt
  • 1 – tsp of pepper but you can add more salt or pepper depending on your taste
  • 1/2 Serrano Chile, Cilantro, Tomatoe
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 Limes

Mix in bowl, serve and enjoy

You’re Invited to St. Ann’s Annual Fiesta



From: Amy Lethbridge [mailto:amy.lethbridge@mrca.ca.gov]
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2014 3:11 PM
To: David Delatorre; sergio.infanzon@lacity.org
Subject: Paid training for jobs in parks
Dear Friends –

Please find the recruitment flyer for the MRCA’s Bridge to Park Careers Program – Education and Interpretation.  This is an exciting new program developed to bridge the gap between traditional park youth programs and a permanent job with a park agency.  In the case of the MRCA,  graduates of this paid training program will be eligible to apply as a Naturalist upon completion of the program.  Many of our park partners have expressed interest in graduates for as well.

This program is designed to create a new audience of people interested in park careers. This first phase is specifically for a track in education and interpretation, as that is where we have funding and need.  Future phases may include restoration and maintenance and ranger trainees.

Because the only requirements for the trainee position is an interest in the outdoors, a passion for learning and a commitment to service, we will only consider applicants that come to us with a referral from someone like yourselves, which can be made by sending a simple email to Education@mrca.ca.gov.  This will be an intense program and require both  written assignments and  presentations, as well as both classroom and field study.  We are looking for serious candidates that can transition to full-time employees in the spring. They must have a high school diploma and reliable transportation. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

Participants will finish the program with the following credentials on their resume:
Certified Interpretive Guide
Certified California Naturalist
Certificate in Project Wild, Wet and Learning Tree
Certificate in Leave No Trace
First Aid/CPR
64 hours of classroom experience in Natural and Cultural history
80 hours of field experience in Natural and Cultural History
80 hours of Interpretive Training that incorporates the NAI certified Interpretive Guide curriculum and select modules of the NPS Interpretive Development Program
100 hours of training on formal and informal education and working with children including National Environmental Education Standards, Common Core Standards, Child Development, Student Centered learning  and Projects Wet, Wild and Learning Tree
100 hours of leadership development
100 hours of Visitor Service and Public Safety

Please distribute this flyer to potential candidates.  We will need a letter of interest from them emailed to education@mrca.ca.gov by October 17th.  Your referral email can be sent separately.  Interviews will be held the week of October 27 and the first day of training is December 1.  If you would like me to send printed versions of this 2-sided flyer let me know.  And of course give me a call if you have any questions at 310-985-5127.

Thanks for helping us support a new generation of park professionals.

Amy V. Lethbridge
Deputy Executive Officer
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
Los Angeles River Center and Gardens
570 West Avenue 26th, #100
Los Angeles, CA 90065
323-221-9944×188 office
319-985-5127 cell

Visit Elysian Valley’s Frog Spot




elysian is excited to host a very special winemaker dinner

Wednesday, October 15

7:30 pm

with new release wines from j brix
and a pairing menu by de-porres 
(Pablo Osorio and Danielle Bell)

the winemakers will be here
and we hope you will join us

$120 for the whole shebang

seating is limited
reserve here

the menu
the wines

2013 “Uncontainable” Vin Gris of Grenache, Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard, Santa Barbara County:

Achingly beautiful high-desert grenache fruit sent directly to press and fermented in neutral French oak, it is the palest possible pink. The wine is unfined, unfiltered and not cold-stabilized, so you will find a bit of harmless sediment and/or cloudiness in the bottle. (13.2% alcohol.)

2013 “The Augur” Riesling, Kick On Ranch Vineyard,
Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County:

Raised mostly in neutral French oak, with a bit of stainless steel in the mix, the Augur-completely dry, by the by-is a wine made from a place we believe is perfect for this grape to grow. Unfined, unfiltered, with no cold-stabilization. (11.2% alcohol.)

2013 “Rougarou” Carignan, McCormick Ranch Vineyard,
San Diego County:

What is the Rougarou, you might ask? In Cajun tales, it is a legendary shapeshifting creature, part-human, part-animal. It often inspires fear in those who do not understand it. Sometimes derided; always attuned to Earth’s sacred rhythms. Nice nose of cherries, hard spices, musty earth, white pepper. Brisk and bright on the palate, with strong earthy and black cherry flavors. Acid balance is lifted, crisp. (13% alcohol.)

for more elysian October dates and information, go here

2806 Clearwater St.Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 522-6625

Clockshop Conversation


Cactus Gallery Info.
Upcoming shows:
October 18 – November 9 **3rd Annual DOLLMAKERS Exhibit AND our 9th Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibit 

November 15 – December 23 ** 9th Annual Miniatures, Ornaments, and Pendants Exhibit – huge group show, all works $100 and under

Cactus Gallery
3001 North Coolidge Avenue
Los Angeles (Elysian Valley AKA Frogtown), CA 90039

Email Sandra at semastroianni70@yahoo.com or call 323.801.8669 for a visit or for purchase information.

We accept all forms of payment and the gallery is open to installment plans to help you grow your collection.

Thanks again for your continued support of the arts and for choosing
Cactus Gallery and the artists we believe in!